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On the Road--where peach cobbler is a vegetablePosted Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 6:26 AM
Recent Sunday travels took me to the Round House Restaurant in Caruthersville, Missouri. Don't ask for a corner seat in this hometown eatery!
It would seem that the "after church" meal in southern Southeast Missouri is a lost custom!
My friend and I, visiting a church in Portageville, were looking forward to a meal at Patty Ann's in Hayti. Wrong! Closed! (Choice #1)
(Choice #2) The casino! Wrong! A waitress begrudgingly ushered us to a table, slammed two menus in front of us and then forgot us.
(Choice #3) Twisters Barbecue. Wrong! Closed!
(Choice #4) Grandpa's Deli. Wrong! Closed!
(Choice #5) The Round House. Bingo! Open! No wonder it was surrounded by a bevy of cars and trucks.
This quaint southern eatery features plenty of homestyle cooking and a folksy atmosphere. The walls are a "picker's" delight, covered with a collection of old signs, photos and memorabilia. Elvis smiles down at customers, and I'm pretty sure I saw the Three Stooges.
The waiter, clad in blue jeans and a tee shirt, was only to glad to chat with us and bring us up to date on local history. His advice--"Just don't ask for a corner seat!"
You never know what treasures you'll find when you travel the length and breadth of this great country...
Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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